Pope Francis will soon go from the Vatican to the silver screen in a new biopic.
According to Variety, Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti (“The Lake House”) will direct “Historia de un Cura” ("A Priest’s Tale"), a biopic about Pope Francis' life – the man that became the first Jesuit pope and the first from North or Latin America.
Rodrigo de la Serna, who was in “The Motorcycle Diaries” opposite Gael Garcia Bernal, will play Pope Francis in the movie.
According to Variety, the movie will be set in flashbacks and flash-forwards as the Pope, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina, flies to Rome and attends the papal conclave after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. It will focus on Bergoglio as a person, the director told the website.
“More than a rapid biopic of key events, I’m more concerned with getting inside this very singular person, his decision to follow his vocation, and how he combined his faith and reason, having studied as a Jesuit for 14 years before being ordained.”
Agresti added he will portray Bergoglio’s Italian immigrant family, his work in Buenos Aires’ villa slums, and his austerity and humility. The movie will be shot in Argentina, Italy and Germany.
The movie will be predominantly in Spanish and Italian, according to Variety.
The film’s producer Pablo Bossi, told Variety that “A Priest’s Tale” can tap into an obvious fan-base among Catholics, but that he hopes it will reach out beyond the Catholic demographic.
“Pope Francis is attempting to change things,” he said. “He can be seen as revolutionary and interests non-Catholics as well.”